Church Point Manor Historic Bed & Breakfast
Live out your romantic escape with your admirer at a sumptuously restored 1860's farmhouse, boasting an enchanting venue perfect for a well-deserved retreat. Tucked in the heart of the affluent Church Point neighborhood, the property is home to an idyllic front lawn, wrap-around-porch, veranda, pool, tennis court and a meandering path to a private dock on the Lynnhaven Inlet. Be sure to make a reservation and cozy up to a meal for two at the property's restaurant, The Cellars.
Flowering Almond Spa at the Founders Inn
There's no better gift than taking some time to relax and relish in the time away from the hustle and bustle with an inner transformation and a peaceful escape at the Flowering Almond Spa, where your loved one will walk away feeling revamped. Splurge and amp up the romance by making it a massage for two.
Horseback Riding at Sunset
A horseback ride on the beach is quite the fanta-sea during the winter months, and these guided rides along the Atlantic Ocean, from 31st Street to the pier and back, will dazzle romantics with an unforgettable experience. Book a ride now through Jan. 1 and enjoy a special Festival of Lights experience available after sunset, for a chance to ride through the beautiful Holiday Lights at the Beach displays that line the boardwalk.
These quality hand-crafted leather goods, locally created at Studio 17 in the ViBe Creative District, make unique one-of-a-kind gifts that are perfect for that special someone. From bags and wallets to earrings, bracelets and even dog collars, Ashton Keely’s beautiful designs are an ideal artisanal gift with a VB touch.
Cabins at First Landing State Park
Have a friend who loves exploring the outdoors? Have them stay in Virginia’s largest state park to truly get acquainted with nature and wildlife. At First Landing State Park, rustic cabins are footsteps away from the Chesapeake Bay Beach and equipped with restrooms, kitchens and heating, with access to playgrounds, pools and boat ramps. Your adventurer is sure to fall in love with their surroundings!
Adventure Park at Night
Challenge your favorite thrill-seeker to the trees! At night, the Adventure Park at the Virginia Aquarium glows with lights, giving guests the thrill of attempting multiple zip-lines and aerial ropes challenge courses in the dark. This aerial forest park will keep an adventurer’s heart racing and wanting more!
Back Bay Wildlife Tram Tour
Give the gift of exploration – through the Back Bay Wildlife Refuge! During a guided tram tour, nature-lovers will be on the lookout for signs of bobcat, fox, deer, coyotes and more, while also having the chance to collect seashells and see marsh birds and ghost crabs on this unique adventure. Tours travel through the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, into False Cape State Park, and include a one-mile hike to the Wash Woods cemetery site.
North End Bag Co. Tote
Surprise a friend with a locally handcrafted weekender bag from North End Bag Co., which is sure to fit all of their gear as they embark on their next adventure! These timeless, sturdy and high-quality bags, ranging from totes to duffels, are perfect for adventurers looking for rugged durability without having to sacrifice beauty.
Oceanaire Resort Hotel
We all know someone who can use some time to unwind their body and mind, and a stay at the Oceanaire Resort Hotel is sure to have them do just that. With a 17th-floor state-of-the-art fitness center with panoramic ocean views, four oceanfront pools (including two indoor pools) and a 10th-floor lounge and sun deck, in addition to an adults-only indoor infinity pool and patio at Aqua 21, this will be a resort experience they won’t forget.
Your active friend will love this one-of-a-kind full-body workout. This ballet-inspired class will take them out of a traditional studio and on to a paddleboard on the Atlantic Ocean or on the Chesapeake Bay, an experience offered only in Virginia Beach! Gift a class or make a group reservation for this hour-long workout inspired by ballet and standup paddle boarding. Boarders may even get the chance to ride alongside our fin-tastic dolphin friends! How’s that for a memorable workout?
Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E.
Give the gift of holistic healing and enlightenment, derived from the beach’s natural properties, with a visit to Edgar Cayce’s Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E.). Located just across the street from the Atlantic Ocean, it’s the hub for all things wellness, boasting a newly renovated spa and health-conscious restaurant, and hosts year-round retreats, speakers and classes tailored to inspire the mind, body and soul.
You won’t be able to just gift one of Tasha’s Own handcrafted goat’s milk soaps! These all-natural soaps are made on a 30-acre farm in Virginia Beach’s Pungo farming community and are created from the milk of a herd of Nubian dairy goats. Complete with all-natural mineral oils and honey from local farm-raised honey bees, these richly fragrant soaps help balance skin pH and moisturize without the use of chemical additives.
Sandbridge Rental Home
For that loved one wanting to always be the head of the kitchen, even while on vacation, a rental property on Sandbridge beach offers the ideal foodie retreat, complete with state-of-the-art kitchen amenities with all the trimmings – all set against a beautiful backdrop of ocean and sand. Equipped with lodging for parties of two to 32, it’s the perfect venue for an unforgettable island feast.
New Earth Farm’s Food Lab Classes
Sign up your favorite chef for a Food Lab class at New Earth Farm, a fully sustainable and educational working farm, where the area’s top chefs lead cooking classes on everything from kombucha and fermentation to cheese-making and fresh noodles, making for a hands-on and engaging farm-made feast your loved one won’t forget. Even younger foodies have the chance to learn the essentials during special classes throughout the year.
Pleasure House Oyster Tour
Give the gift that keeps on giving. Seriously! Your beloved foodie will never look at oysters the same way again after embarking on a boat tour of the Pleasure House Oysters farm on the Lynnhaven River. Beyond walking through the hand-crafted farm, seafood enthusiasts will get the unique chance to savor the briny bivalves directly from the water – waders included! Splurge a little more for an unforgettable Chef’s Table experience and catch a sunset over the Chesapeake Bay while you’re at it.
First Landing Woodworks
We think that a local craft beer is the ideal accompaniment for a meal, and we think the foodie in your life will agree. Have them crack open a cold one with a stainless steel bottle opener hand-crafted by First Landing Woodworks. There are several styles to choose from, and each opener is distinctly inscribed with a logo and comes in its own cotton carrying bag. Cheers!